History Literature / LetTheRightOneIn

16th Oct '17 11:31:49 AM Mephistopheles
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* SameLanguageDub: Lina Leandersson's voice is dubbed over by another actress's with the intent of making the character more androgynous.
16th Oct '17 11:27:55 AM Mephistopheles
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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Lindqvist wrote a short story called "Let the Old Dreams Die" that served as this. [[spoiler:It reveals that Eli turns Oskar into a vampire after getting off the train. The two are spotted together in 2008, still as kids.]] Lindqvist wrote this as a way to confirm that [[spoiler:Eli wasn't 'grooming' Oskar into being her helper.]]
16th Oct '17 11:18:25 AM Mephistopheles
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** To say nothing of Oskar himself, who, when Eli tells him [[{{Foreshadowing}} she's not a girl]], merely shrugs it off. [[spoiler:In a sense, she/he's right.]]
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** To say nothing of Oskar himself, who, when Eli tells him [[{{Foreshadowing}} she's not a girl]], merely shrugs it off. [[spoiler:In a sense, she/he's right.]] In the book, [[spoiler:Eli being a male is initially harder for him to accept than being a vampire nd it makes him question his sexuality as a result.]]
%%* * ApologeticAttacker: Håkan in the book.book apologizes for killing his victims and gives out money to assuage his guilt over his actions.
7th Oct '17 3:32:34 PM Elyana
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Oskar to Eli, if you consider Eli evil. Certainly Eli to Hakan, and Jonny and Jimmy to each other.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Oskar to Eli, if you consider Eli evil. Certainly Eli to Hakan, Håkan, and Jonny and Jimmy to each other.
7th Oct '17 3:28:37 PM Elyana
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the movie, Eli is outraged when her "dad" fails to bring her back blood and verbally lashes out at him. In the novel, while she still pleads with him to go out and try again, it is in a much more subdued and dispassionate manner. The book's Eli in general seems to play a more passive role in their relationship, mostly just dully reacting to Håkan's anger and increasingly perverse demands.
** Zigzagged with Håkan, as most of his characterisation in the novel is internal and isn't apparent on-screen. Both his sexual appetite and his reluctance to commit his murders are never given any focus, making him a more willing killer but also omitting his backstory as a disgraced pedophile and his deranged sexual interest in Eli. [[spoiler:Not to mention being KilledOffForReal at the hospital instead of coming back to hunt Eli as a monstrous revenant.]]



* DarkSecret: The audience knows that Eli is a vampire the entire time; Oskar finds out eventually. Stemming from this, Eli tries to hide the more gruesome aspects of her affliction from her new friend (such as what happens when she enters a house without permission, and what she does while sleeping/recuperating in the bathroom), but Oskar deals with each in turn. She also hides [[spoiler:her true gender]] for a while, but this is more because Eli isn't sure whether Oskar will still like her if he knows.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Oskar to Eli, if you consider Eli evil. Certainly Eli to Hakan, and Jonny and Jimmy to each other.



* HeelRealization: Micke in the novel and his 08 movie counterpart, who get cold feet during the climax. Micke is even the one who [[spoiler:lets Eli in to take care of business; and in both versions, he is rewarded by being the SoleSurvivor of Eli's massacre.]]



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:[[WeUsedToBeFriends Tomas]] in the novel. While Jonny is Oskar's main tormentor, Tomas is the cruellest and the one Oskar seems to hate the most. But because he's absent from Jonny and Jimmy's stint at the swimming pool at the climax, he escapes death at Eli's hands. Also, Eli and Oskar both escape without complication to make a new life together.]]



* TheRenfield: Eli starts out with an older 'guardian' who tries to protect her by draining blood out of victims. [[spoiler:By the end of the movie, Oskar has possibly become this (depending on your interpretation)]]. [[spoiler: Let The Old Dreams Die was written because the author didn't like this interpretation. It shows Oscar and Eli mixing their blood, making him a vampire as well]]

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* TheRenfield: Eli starts out with an older 'guardian' who tries to protect her by draining blood out of victims. [[spoiler:By the end of the movie, Oskar has possibly become this (depending on your interpretation)]]. [[spoiler: Let The Old Dreams Die was written because the author didn't like this interpretation. It shows Oscar and Eli mixing their blood, making him a vampire as well]]well.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: [[spoiler:Eli's slaughter of Jonny and Jimmy at the climax, to rescue Oskar from drowning.]]


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* TrappedInVillainy: Eli. She kills because she has to; she'll die if she doesn't. She makes no excuses for what she does beyond its necessity for her continued existence. Most vampires take their own lives rather than continue to kill, but Eli was turned so young that her survival instinct and willpower overrides her conscience.


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* TragicHero: [[spoiler:Lacke.]]


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* VillainHasAPoint: There's no defense for the murders Eli commits, but she claims that killing to survive is more moral than killing for revenge or pleasure.
7th Oct '17 10:34:13 AM Elyana
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Håkan's [[spoiler:sexual preference for boys]] at first seems at odds with his [[spoiler:intense sexual fixation on Eli,]] but makes perfect sense after TheReveal.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Håkan's [[spoiler:sexual preference for boys]] at first seems at odds with his [[spoiler:intense sexual fixation on Eli,]] but makes perfect more sense after TheReveal.TheReveal.
** Early on, Eli tells Oskar that she'll take care of his bullies if he can't stand up to them on his own.
7th Oct '17 8:36:23 AM Elyana
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[BigDamnHeroes With a twist]]. During the climax, a panicking Micke has no idea what Eli is when he invites her in. [[spoiler:This allows her to save Oskar... by brutally massacring Oskar's tormentors.]]
7th Oct '17 8:22:47 AM Elyana
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: PlayedForDrama near the end of the novel. Eli bursts out laughing when [[spoiler:Håkan, now a mangled, feral, undead monstrosity, begins furiously masturbating at the sight of him. Eli is so distracted by the sheer absurdity of what he's seeing that he doesn't have time to react when Håkan abruptly smashes him across the head and enters the room uninvited.]]



* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: During their first encounter in the playground, Oskar shows Eli a moment of kindness that stops her from making a meal out of him. From that night on, the OddFriendship they form puts him off-limits to Eli, even when she is feral and blood-starved.
* BeingEvilSucks: Håkan, in his weaker moments. Eli is also revealed to feel this way about her existence and the carnage it requires her to leave behind. The sole other vampire Eli had encountered in the past two hundred years claimed that their kind are so few because they tend to kill themselves out of guilt.



** Zigzagged with Håkan. He's a ReluctantMonster who hates what he brings himself to do, [[LoveMakesYouEvil but does it nonetheless]]. His major PetTheDog moment -- [[spoiler:calling off sex with a child prostitute and giving him an excessive amount of money]] -- is of course downplayed by the fact that he put himself in that situation to begin with.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Håkan's [[spoiler:sexual preference for boys]] at first seems at odds with his [[spoiler:intense sexual fixation on Eli,]] but makes perfect sense after TheReveal.



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* PetTheDog: Frequently back and forth between Eli and Oskar. Considering [[ReluctantMonster what she is]], the bond between them is genuinely touching as each grows to care about the other.


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* YouAreWhatYouHate: Håkan is a physically unattractive man who laments the loss of beauty in the world. At one point, while stalking a swimming pool for potential victims, he observes two men in the changing rooms with derision and contempt, seeing them as examples of ugliness, but the descriptions he gives them also apply to himself almost verbatim. [[spoiler:His [[BodyHorror ultimate fate]] takes this UpToEleven.]]
1st Aug '17 8:26:17 PM stuffedninja
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''Låt den rätte komma in'' ('''''Let The Right One In''''') is a 2004 horror novel by [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Swedish]] author John Ajvide Lindqvist, who adapted his story for the 2008 film version. It's the story of Oskar, a 12-year-old boy who is being bullied at school. One night, he meets Eli, a girl who just moved in next door with her dad. However, Eli isn't affected by the cold and hates daylight, and it's quickly shown that her "dad" kills people and drains their blood to feed her. As Oskar befriends Eli and more people go missing, suspicions are raised.

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''Låt den rätte komma in'' ('''''Let (''Let The Right One In''''') In'') is a 2004 horror novel by [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Swedish]] author John Ajvide Lindqvist, who adapted his story for the 2008 film version. It's the story of Oskar, a 12-year-old boy who is being bullied at school. One night, he meets Eli, a girl who just moved in next door with her dad. However, Eli isn't affected by the cold and hates daylight, and it's quickly shown that her "dad" kills people and drains their blood to feed her. As Oskar befriends Eli and more people go missing, suspicions are raised.



An English-language remake directed by Matt Reeves (of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' fame) and starring Creator/ChloeMoretz (''{{Film/Kickass}}'') and Kodi Smit-[=McPhee=] (''Film/TheRoad'') was produced by ''the'' Film/{{Hammer|Horror}} and released in October 2010 under the title '''''Let Me In'''''. Reeves used Lindqvist's original screenplay as the basis for his version, but Americanized most of the character names, replacing "Eli" with "Abby", and "Oskar" with "Owen." Although reception was divided (some found it faithful, others found it derivative), [[ApprovalOfGod Lindqvist was reportedly very happy with the remake]].

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An English-language remake directed by Matt Reeves (of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' fame) and starring Creator/ChloeMoretz (''{{Film/Kickass}}'') and Kodi Smit-[=McPhee=] (''Film/TheRoad'') was produced by ''the'' Film/{{Hammer|Horror}} and released in October 2010 under the title '''''Let ''Let Me In'''''.In''. Reeves used Lindqvist's original screenplay as the basis for his version, but Americanized most of the character names, replacing "Eli" with "Abby", and "Oskar" with "Owen." Although reception was divided (some found it faithful, others found it derivative), [[ApprovalOfGod Lindqvist was reportedly very happy with the remake]].
14th Jul '17 3:07:46 PM valhallaerikson
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* VillainProtagonist: Calling either Eli or Oskar good guys would be debatable.
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